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sparklines.jpgsparklines are 'intense, simple, word-like graphics' so named by information design guru Edward Tufte. in fact, the infosthetics website now features two small sparkline diagrams that are updated hourly, showing data grouped by day over a period of about two months. one sparkline shows live web statistics grabbed from my AWStats log file analyzer files, the other depicts the amount of words used in the infosthetics daily posts. hopefully the web log sparkline increases exponentially, while the word count diagram decreases linearly towards zero. [sparkline.org & edwardtufte.com]


See also http://particletree.com/notebook/sparklines-roundup for a DIY overview of sparklines.

Mon 05 Sep 2005 at 5:17 PM

Your sparklines create a sharp effect, Andrew. If only I had the programming know-how, I'd create a set just like these for my own weblog. I'm especially interested in the script you use to parse awstats for the unique visitors data-set. Any chance you'd be willing to share the code or offer some brief instructions for how you did it? Are there other infosthetics readers who would be interested in this kind of thing--a guide or tutorial for how to emulate these specific sparklines?

Thu 08 Sep 2005 at 11:22 PM

derek, all: sparkline.org has the PHP to set this up

Wed 02 Nov 2005 at 11:32 AM
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